Evidence for and against daycare

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The EPPE
showed +ve effects e.g. the earlier a child started then their intellectual development improved. & the longer they spent there their independence, sociability + concentration improved
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Evaluation of The EPPE research
the study was government funded so results may be biased to reflect government policy
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Anderson et al
compared chilodren in daycare with a control group and found those in daycare were judged to be more popular & socially skilled
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Evaluation of Anderson et al
They have support from Harrison + Ungerer who found that mothers who returned to work before their child was 5 months were most likely to have secure attachments
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Ahnert
found a +ve correlation between socio-economic status & attachment security in children who did not have daycare. However, there wasn't this correlation in children who had daycare suggesting it has benefits to poorer children
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Evaluation of Ahnert
It was a correlation study so we can't infer cause and effect therefore lacking validity as we can't say that daycare leads to secure attachments in poorer children
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Belsky & Rovine
children become insecurely attached & more aggressive in full-time daycare. More than 20hours per week during the first year=insecure attachment with mother. More than 35 hours=insecure attachment with mother & father
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Evaluation of Belsky & Rovine
can't infer cause + effect as we can't directly compare children in daycare with those who are not as there may be other factors
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Melhuish
concluded that daycare is neither 'good nor bad' but it is the quality of care that matters. Good care=a good ratio of carers to children + a stimulating environment
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Evaluation of Melhuish
They used an adaptated version of the strange situation which may be invalid in assessing social-emotional development as it may be measuring a child's temperament due to the anxious situation it finds itself in rather than it's ability to socialise
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the study was government funded so results may be biased to reflect government policy

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Evaluation of The EPPE research

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compared chilodren in daycare with a control group and found those in daycare were judged to be more popular & socially skilled

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They have support from Harrison + Ungerer who found that mothers who returned to work before their child was 5 months were most likely to have secure attachments

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found a +ve correlation between socio-economic status & attachment security in children who did not have daycare. However, there wasn't this correlation in children who had daycare suggesting it has benefits to poorer children

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